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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The First Full World of Color Testing Video

Over at Laughing Place, they have the first full 25-minute video of World of Color. I've embeded it here for your convienece!

Is this the full thing? There seems to be important scenes and effect missing. Keep in mind, we're still 2 months away from the opening. So there's still work to be done.

But in the mean time, it's absoultely stunning. I did not watch the entire thing, because I want to be surprised. But the parts I did watch left me feeling indescribable emotions. This show is going to be unlike anything any one of us has seen before.


Lost: Happily Ever After

Well, he's back. And his episode, like many other Desmond episodes, confused the hell out of me. We got a pretty good sense on what the flashsideways were, but there was not much on-Island stuff. But, it was a great episode. Certainitly not the best, but great nonetheless.

Desmond was taken off the sub, very groggy after being unconscious for three days. He is confused, and calls for Penny. But Widmore tells him Penny is not there. He tells Desmond must make a sacrifice, and begind to explain the situation to him. But before he can get through to Desmond, Desmond attacks him. Widmore's goons restrain him and lead him away, all the while Desmond is screaming to take him back. To which Widmore replies "The Island is not done with you yet".

Widmore then runs into Jin, who demands to know what is going on. Widmore shows him, and takes him to a huge generator room, apparently the one that powers the Island. They are going to do some test, and though Zoe protests that they aren't ready, the test must go on. After it appears something is broken, and they must figure out what it is. A redshirt goes to figure out what the problem is outside in a ramshackle structure outside the generator building. However, inside the control room, a technician finds out what is wrong, fixes the problem, and turns the generator on. The coils inside the shack glow and emit light, and the man inside is fried. And then Desmond arrives to see the body. Yep, that's reassuring!

Desmond is tied to a chair in the structure. Before leaving, Widmore tells him that if what he heard about him is true, he will be fine. Widmore explains he knows what sacrifices are like; loosing his son to the Island, or not being able to see his daughter or grandson. And if Desmond doesn't make a sacrifice when all this is through, everyone he loves will be gone forever.

With that, he leaves as Desmond breaks loose. Desmond explains to everyone that Desmond is the only person to ever surive a catostrophic electromagnetic event, and unless he can survive another one, "we all die". And with that, the experiment is turned on. Inside the shack, Desmond is engulfed by the bright light. And it is assumed that he travels to the flashsideways timeline.

At LAX, Claire tells Desmond where to get his bags, and the two strike up a small conversation. Before leaving, Desmond tells Claire the baby will be a boy. He then goes to the limo waiting for him, driven by George Minkowski, the frieghter guy who died from temporal displacement in Season 4. He takes Desmond to his boss, who is revealed to be Charles Widmore. The two get along well, and Widmore even share the very expensive whisky. He then gives him his mission: Charlie, from Drive Shaft, was in jail for an overdose, and needs to be released to play at his son's concert. Desmond accepts, and goes to retrieve Charlie.

But Charlie doesn't want to cooperate with him. He runs initially to a bar, but Desmond meets him and they have a drink. There, Charlie tells his arrest story. Charlie explains that the Marshall saw him needing a fix, so he ran into the bathroom to eat the stash, The plane hit turbulence, and he choked on it. While unconcious, he saw a "beatuifull blonde woman" and called her "the truth". In the car, Charlie offers to show Desmond the truth, and plunges the car into water.

Underwater and facing iminant danger, Desmond frees himself, and goes to free Charlie. Charlie pushes his hand up to the window, and for a split second, Desmond see "Not Penny's Boat" written on the hand, as seen in Season 3's "Through the Looking Glass". He is able to save Charlie, and the two are taken to the hospital.

While undergoing an MRI, Desmond has another vision of the Looking Glass, and a vision of Penny, and then goes to find Charlie.He finds Jack, and reintroduces himself. Just then, Charlie comes running down the hall, and Desmond catches him. Charlie tells him to stop worrying about him and start looking for Penny.

When Widmore finds out about the Charlie incident, he makes Widmore go to Mrs. Wimdore (aka Eloise Hawking) and explain the dilema. She is excepting of the matter, and says it is no big deal. She says to him "Whatever happened, happened".

As Desmond leaves the area, he hears someone talking about Penny on a guest list for the party. He asks to see the list, by Eloise doesn't let him. He says that he has a perfect life and has finally gotten what he has alwasy wanted- Widmore's approval. He's not ready to look at the list, and it is, in fact, a violation.

While he drinks in the limo, Daniel Widmore (aka Faraday) approaches him. He tells him that a few weeks ago, he saw a redhead, and fell in love with her. He said it was though he already loved her. That same night, he drew a picture in a notebook. He had no idea what it meant, and took it to a mathmatician friend who stated it was an advanced quantum physics and would need a lifetime to understand. He tries to explain to Desmond that it is as if something catastrophic had been about to happen and the only way to stop it had been to release a huge amount of energy, like setting off a nuclear bomb. He rhetorically asks whether this life was not meant to be and whether there had been another "life" in which, for some reason, "we changed things." Desmond inquires if he wants to set off a bomb. But Daniel repiles that he thinks he already did, causing this timeline. He then tells hime where to find Penny, his half-sister.

They meet at a standium where Jack and Desmond met in the original timeline. The flirt, then Desmond passes out.

He then awakens in the shack, with only a fe seconds passing. Widmore tells him is talent is vital, and begins to explain his purpose. But Desmond interrupts, stating he knows why he is here. He has work to do, and agrees to work with Widmore. But as he is being escorted back to base, Sayid jumps out and kills everyone in Desmond's escort except for Zoe, who he lets go. He persuades Desmond to follow him, and he does. What? Why??

Desmond revives, and Penny explains he passed out. They make plans for a date, and Desmond leaves in the limo. George asks if there is anything else he can do for Desmond. Desmond responds that he wants the flight mainfest for Oceanic Flight 815, stating, "I just need to show them something."

Top 3 Questions I Want Answered:
1). What is Desmond planning?
2). What are the flashsideways?
3). What is Libby's backstory?

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Fringe Files: Peter

It has been a long time since I have done a Fringe column. If you recall, I ususally have a systematic, kinda cool way to do my Fringe columnm, in the spirit of the CSI0esque vibe from the show. But because this episode was so different, I'm going to break away from this, for at least this week.

This episode finally answered all our questions about Peter. Walter tells the story to Olivia through flashbacks. To differentiate between the times (other than Walter's hair!), we were provided with '80s style lettering where the flying letters should be. The intro even was '80s-fied, with those block letters, synthesized music, and the words like "personal computer" are replace other words in the title sequence.

In the 80s, Walter built a portal to view the "other side". Why? Well, he tells the military one thing for funding. But his motives are completely different. His son Peter is deathly ill, and Walter wants to see if the Walter in the alternate universe can come up with a cure. Walter would then take the cure, and use it to save Peter in this world.

One day, Elizabeth (Walter's wife) calls him home. He comes home and reassures Peter that everything will be fine. Peter then dies while embracing his father. Peter leaves this world, leaving his family heartbroken. Nina Sharp and Carla, Walter's lab assistant, attend the funeral, though William Bell could not make it. Walter then retreats to his lab.

There, he sees something interesting. Through the window to the Other Side, Walter sees that Other Side Walter has discovered the cure. But Other Side Walter was distracted by one of The Observers and doesn't see the chemical reaction. He believes he has failed. Walter then plans to do something drastic. He recreates the cure, takes a vial of it, and plans to go to the alternate universe.

Before he crosses over, Carla notifies Nina Sharp, and together they try to stop him. But their attempt is futile. Nina tries to grab walter has he crosses over, but the device that allows this travel shuts off, leaving Nina's arm severed. In the fray, the vial containing the cure is broken. Now, there's only one thing he can do.

Walter goes to the house, where Other Side Elizabeth thinks he is really Other Side Walter. He takes Peter, the one we came to know, back to our universe to save him, with every intention of bringing him back. Togetherm they travel back.

But upon arriving, they are thrown into a frozen lake in their car. The Observer saves them in response for letting Other Side Walter's experiment go unnoticed. He explains to Walter that Peter is important, and must be saved. And Walter does save him.

Elizabeth find Peter, and he is forced to explain to her what he did. He tells her he must return Peter, but she will not have it. She wants to keep Peter, and that's where we were led today. Walter asks Olivia not to tell Peter about this.

This episode was one of the best in Fringe. It was gripping, and I nearly cried. A great episode, to be sure.

GH Weekly Roundup: Week of March 29

It's been hard for the last couple of weeks to watch GH. Not that it was bad; it's the exact opposite. But it's been hard to watch Ethan get blamed for Kristina's beating when we, the audience, know that Kiefer beat her. He's slapped her around before, and doesn't seem to care that much about her.

However, there's a growing amount of people around Port Charles, save for Alexis, Sam, and Sonny, who think Ethan is innocent. They're not sure whose fault it is exactly, but many doubt it was Ethan. This left Dante and Lucky to team up together to investigate. And while investigating, it appeared as though Kiefer probably did it.

The duo met Kiefer at Kelly's, and went good-cop/bad-cop on him. They nearly had him crack, but Kiefer became furious and ran out, all the way to the Metro Court. All Kiefer cares about is going to Harvard, and doesn't want something as trivial as being arrested for Kristina's beating keeping him out. Puh-leeze. What a jackass. If all the people act like that at Harvard, I would never, ever want to go there. A bunch of rich people who don;t give a damn about girls being beat. Horrible.

His dad told him to convince Kristina to reinstate the charges. When Kiefer tried to get Kristina to bring fake charges on an innocent man to protect the ass of the real culprit, Kristina refused. And he beat her again. But this time, Alexis saw part of it. Hopefully, justice will now be served.

Before this whole incident, Kristina saw something horrible. Earlier in the week, Kristina wathced as Johnny took the stand to testify. He claimed that Sonny abused Claudia, who loved Sonny, emotionally and physically. Sonny was furious, and let his anger take over. He stated that Claudia deserved her fate. Uh-oh. When everyone was finally calmed down, a broken-down Kristina fleed the courtroom. When Sonny went to talk to her later, she related to Claudia, and turned him away.

Robin was next up on the stand. At first, her testimony seemed promising for Sonny. she talked about his character, and the whole Stone thing. But then things got ugly. Robin was forced to recount every detail of the incident at the Metro Court.

Maixe was next on the stand, and boy, did she have one hell of a week. After being with Georige's ghost for an episode, Maixe decided to live and heal. Georige left her smiling, and Spinelli was overjoyed to have her. As Maxie, Spinelli, and LuLu were hanging in her room, she was summoned to court. But court had to come to her, as she was still too sick. But the real question: will she testify that Michael was in the car with Sonny? Stay tuned...

Finally, we've had an arrival and a return on the same day. Maya Ward came to town to stay with the Quartermaines. Of course, Tracey doesn't like her. And her run in with Ethan must mean that they're destined to be together. I think that will be awesome! And Skye Quatermaine returned! She wanted to get it on with Luke, but Jax ruined that. Will Jax use Skye to make Carly jealous? I'm waiting to see how this plays out...

Finally, we end with Helena's dastardly plans. Helena was able to fake the second paternity test, and Liz is convinced that her child is a Cassidine. Helena plans to use this child to destroy the Soencers for good. Will the truth come out?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

-Mark 16:1-8

I wish you all a Happy and Blessed Easter. Enjoy the day!